#885 The Mummers – Tale To Tell

The Mummers coulda been a contender. They should have been massive. This is their debut album, and it's great. Sumptuous, dramatic, orchestrally bold and inventive, a bit of a mix of mid-era Goldfrapp (think Seventh Tree), Rufus Wainwright’s operatic(esque) Want One and Want Two albums, with hints of Beirut, a little pinch of The Divine … Continue reading #885 The Mummers – Tale To Tell

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#718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

This is a short and bittersweet album. It’s deep and crisp and even, with brittle haunting melodies and a delicate atmospheric soundtrack to a bygone way of life, that of the traditional Scottish coastal village. It was a Mercury Music Prize nominee in 2011 and the album featured in many best of the year lists. … Continue reading #718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

#602 Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt and Piano Concerto

Along with a few other classics of classical music, this is one of the first pieces of music I owned and listened to. My brother and I had a well-worn cassette of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt that my parents would sometimes even allow to be played in the car on journeys to visit random relatives … Continue reading #602 Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt and Piano Concerto

#502 Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits

When I think of Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits, I automatically think of the 1971 album with the red cover from their early Peter Green Days. That was my introduction to the Mac. My brother bought that album, one of his first (along with Genesis) and I still have it now, thank you very much. I … Continue reading #502 Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits

#1198 Simon & Garfunkel – Concert in Central Park

This double album is a recording of the concert that Paul and Art performed for free in Central Park, New York in 1981 to over half a million people. It was a fundraiser for the park’s upkeep, and one of their first reunions since splitting up at the height of their success post-Bridge Over Troubled … Continue reading #1198 Simon & Garfunkel – Concert in Central Park